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US embassy sets strict visa application rules for Nigerians

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The United States (US) Embassy in Nigeria has tightened visa renewal and application rules for Nigerians.

The Embassy has announced that it is no longer accepting visa renewal applications via international courier service DHL.

A statement posted on their official Twitter page said Nigerians seeking to get US non-immigrant visa must now apply online.

It added that applicants will also “be required to appear in-person at the US Embassy in Abuja or US Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review.”

The US Embassy said the decisions were made to ensure that travels for Nigerians are legitimized.
The new application rules are meant “to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians who have already given their passports for visa renewal via “Dropbox” to DHL will not be affected, the statement added.

The Henley Passport Index has ranked all the world’s passports according to the number of countries to which their holders can travel; this includes visa-free and visa-on-arrival options, as opposed to having to apply for a visa before arriving in the destination country.

The index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and updated in real-time throughout the year. It includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. We look at the top 50.

Rankings correct as of Jan. 9, 2019. In certain cases, a rank is shared by multiple countries as they have the same level of aforementioned access.

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